Funding Alert 183 April 2019

 New Funding Opportuniapril picties In April

There are several new funding opportunities in Funding Alert this month. Some of the deadlines are tight so don’t delay. We have gathered together a sample of "this months’ offers" from Funding Alert. If you have any suggestions of how we can make Funding Alert better or an area you think we can improve, please let us know. Remember the funders are organised into categories of funding streams, a click on the categories in the topic index that will take you to the chosen section, then click on the link to see if you can apply, short application deadlines are highlighted in red so make sure you’re quick off the mark! This page shows only a few of the opportunities on offer in this month’s Funding Alert; just download it from here  or sign up for a copy to be sent to your email.  Don’t forget to have a look at our support pages they might help with your application. We hope you find something that supports all of the great work you are doing out in our communities.

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Funding Alert Questionnaire

We regularly review how people use Funding Alert, GrantNet and our webpages. We are looking for your help to identify the demand and your views on what we have produced.  We welcome any ideas of how we can improve the service we offer.  We have developed a short questionnaire we are asking people to complete, that you can access here

Deadline for submission is the 10th May 2018 

Promotion of Culture Heritage and Arts Experiences along an existing Long Distance Route

CHArts is supporting people and businesses in the culture, heritage and arts sectors in Argyll and the Isles to maximise on the opportunities provided by the area's tourist market. Developing tourism opportunities across the culture, heritage and arts sectors will help people and organisations to be more sustainable in their practice and capitalise on their contribution to the area’s identity, character and appeal. By focusing on existing routes through Cowal, Mid Argyll and Oban and Lorn – and including clusters of creative members nearby - we aim to attract more interest and revenue for the creative community, while also taking practical steps to promote the area’s reputation across the tourism and creative sectors. We’re mapping what CHArts members and artists and craft makers can offer visitors, alongside other things for visitors to do. We’ve then got a promotional campaign for the 2019 tourist season to encourage visits to artists, potters, sculptors, craft makers etc. studios. All they need to know are some of your key details – opening times, contact details, accessibility, details of courses run etc. G0 to  and fill out the form to tell CHArts what you can offer. CHArts looks forward to hearing from you!  

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11.   Open Grant Fund 

pipes bannerThe trust aims to advance education the arts, heritage, culture and community development by encouraging young people in Scotland to take up and play the chanter, pipes and drums; pipes picand by supporting the development of school pipe bands. The Trust is prepared to consider funding from £250 to £5,000. The following are eligible to apply:

  •  State schools.
  • Local authorities.
  • Pipe bands, voluntary or charitable organisations. Governing document and details of members of the governing body should be supplied.
  • Independent schools. The Trust encourages collaboration between independent and state schools. The SSPDT grant must benefit state school pupils, for example, by creating additional places at a workshop, by providing tuition, or by sharing resources.

The Trust will fund:

  • Tuition of pipes, drums and chanters for state school pupils from P5 and above.
  • Tuition for a combination of schools.
  • Instruments: bagpipes and drums up to a value of £5,000. Generally instruments are loaned by SSPDT for a period of two years, renewable by negotiation.
  • Approved workshops promoting the objectives of the Trust.
  • Contribution to travel costs in remote locations.

Applications may be submitted at any time

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16.   Innovators' Seed Corn Fund

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Free exhibition space at GLEE, the UK's leading garden retail trade show to the value of £2,000.

Support with design, development, manufacturing or marketing costs - £3,000.

Business consultancy with an industry expert - £1,000.

Half page advert in the GIMA New Product Digest publication.

GIMA membership for one year.

ACID (Anti Copying in Design) membership for one year.

Free promotion around the GLEE trade show.

The grant is open to anyone, whether they have set up in business or not. This could include designers, inventors, small businesses or start-ups. Products can be in varying stages of development and readiness for market.

Deadline: 16th August 2019

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22.  Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

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According to the Trust, the Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants Programme will continue into its fifth year, but families will feature heavily in other funding to be made available through the Covenant Fund. The Armed Forces Covenant Fund has four broad funding themes now and in future years. Removing barriers to family life is one of the four priorities of the Armed Forces Covenant, and there has been some significant support for families, particularly through the Families in Stress programme. They know that there is more need out there; and are looking at developing programmes to support Armed Forces families in their broadest sense, both serving and veteran families, and families from Foreign and Commonwealth countries. They are also thinking about the needs of young people from Armed Forces Families. In the meantime, groups that are seeking funding for local community integration projects that support the local Armed Forces community can apply to the Local Grants Programme.

Deadline: 2nd December 2019

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24.  The Cinnamon Network-Project LAB

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cinammon picThe Cinnamon Project Lab competition is looking for ambitious church-based social action projects that want to develop their initiatives so other churches can replicate them. This year we’re specifically looking for brilliant projects that are making a difference to the health and wellbeing of their communities that are church-sized, simple and replicable, are bold and want to grow.

Deadline: 23rd April 2019  

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36. Food for Thought Education Fund

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The Food for Thought Education Fund aims to improve practitioner confidence in providing progressive, high quality, skills based learning experiences which help to embed food education into the ethos of the establishment. It also provides an opportunity to plan and implement learning experiences which build sustainability and capacity for future development. For the seventh year of the Fund, Education Scotland are interested in bids which will to contribute to this vision by:

  • Ensuring learners have gained understanding about food education and can apply their knowledge and skills in a progressive way.
  • Relating projects to the world of work, to reducing food waste and to learning through farm visits.
  • Improving outcomes for learners in ways which seek to eliminate the inequity that currently exists amongst learners from different backgrounds and from particular vulnerable groups.

Applications are welcome from early years and primary establishments, and secondary practitioners from all curricular areas. Funding awards will be up to £2,000 per project. When applying as a cluster/associated school group each school may apply for up to £2,000. Each application will be assessed individually and funding awarded if successful. The total amount for food education projects will be subject to budget availability.

Deadline: 30th April 2019

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41.   Green Alley Award Supporting Eco-entrepreneurs Across Europe

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green valley picThe Green Alley Award is a start-up competition focused on the green economy, dealing specifically with the challenges of the throwaway society, the scarcity of resources and the recovery of raw materials. It is targeted at ‘green’ entrepreneurs from across Europe with business ideas for the circular economy and new ways of improving waste and recycling industries. The theme of the awards is around connecting green ideas. Green Alley is looking for ideas, new services, products and technologies that can turn waste into a resource. In return, it offers strategic support, networking opportunities and financing to boost business across Europe. Finalists are invited to a one-day event with workshops and live pitches in Berlin where they will meet circular economy experts and benefit from networking and learning opportunities. The Green Alley Award winner receives up to €25,000 in cash.

By taking part in the contest entrepreneurs will profit from a network of green economy experts and valuable new business contacts. Entrepreneurs and start-ups operating in the green economy from across Europe with business ideas for the circular economy and new ways of looking at waste can apply.

Deadline: 25th June 2019

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43.   Transform Foundation Website Grant Programme

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The Transform Foundation is a charity for charities that aims to turn digital into a powerful force for generating more money and impact for causes. transform picThe Foundation does this by giving tech grants, conducting research and bringing together expertise to move charities forward. The Website Grant programme covers the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training. Grants of £18,000 will directly pay for the entire upfront costs of designing and building a website through the Foundations technology partner, Raising IT.

Applications may be submitted at any time

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46.   Rosa’s ‘Voices from the Frontline’  

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rosa picThis year, grants of between £500 and £5,000 (an increase from last year’s maximum grant of £3,000) are being made available to women’s sector voluntary and community organisations in the UK to pay for increasing the skills, capacity, credibility and effectiveness of women who wish to challenge gender inequality and promote awareness and change. Grants will be awarded for projects that:

Stimulate debate and amplify women’s voices.

Raise awareness of one or more of Rosa’s four pillars.

Influence the public, policy makers, media and/or government.

Change behaviours, attitudes or policies.

Organisations run predominantly by, for and with women can apply. There is particular interest in proposals from women’s organisations that:

  • Address the critical needs of women and girls that miss out the most, including: marginalised populations, BME women, lesbian, bisexual or transgender women and girls, women and girls with disabilities, older women, homeless women, survivors of gender violence, women in prison and ex-offenders, and other underserved and disadvantaged groups of women.
  • Operate in less economically resilient towns, cities and rural areas within the UK.

The funding will support a range of things including:

  • Contribution to staff costs or freelance fees to help run workshops with women with lived experience of injustice. Costs of hosting meetings or events, including facilitation costs.
  • Presentation, media or lobbying training to support campaigning, advocacy or activism.
  • Travel costs for meetings with power holders such as commissioners, local/national government or the media.
  • The cost of producing materials such as posters, infographics or videos.
  • Volunteer costs, including travel and childcare.
  • Travel costs for a service user and member of staff to speak at an event or national conference.

Deadline: 14th May 2019

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54.   Scotch Whisky Action Fund 

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The Scotch Whisky Action Fund Tackling Alcohol Related Harm is provided by Scotch Whisky as part of its commitment to promoting responsible attitudes to alcohol and tackling alcohol-related harm. Foundation Scotland administers the fund on behalf of Scotch Whisky. The Fund aims to invest in not-for-profit and statutory organisations that wish to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm in Scotland's communities by funding new/innovative or pilot initiatives which aim to test new approaches and which will offer an opportunity for learning that others can use. In a change to previous years, there is now only one funding stream available under the scheme. Awards of up to £25,000 for a one-year period can be made through the Fund. Projects which secure funding and can demonstrate an impact can receive further funding of up to £25,000 per annum (up to a maximum of three years) to support their initiative.

Deadline: 18th July 2019

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55.   Scotland’s Croft House Grant Scheme Launched for 2019-20

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The Croft House Grant provides grants for new houses and the rebuilding and renovation of existing croft houses. The scheme is geographically targeted with two levels of grant determined by priority areas with the highest grant maximum available in the more remote and fragile communities. Funding is intended to improve and maintain crofting house standards to attract and retain people in crofting communities throughout the Highlands.

The rates of assistance are as follows:

  • New House Grant - Geographical Priority Area: high: £38,000 standard: £28,000
  • Rebuilding and Improvement Grant - Geographical Priority Area: high: 40% of costs up to a maximum grant of £38,000, standard: 40% of costs up to a maximum grant of £28,000

Applications for improvements to an existing croft house are invited from crofters for whom the croft house is their main residence. The scheme is open to:

crofting tenants; owner-occupiers of crofts, which were acquired from the landlord within the last seven years;

cottars; and Kyles crofters.

The croft must be situated in the crofting counties of Argyll, Inverness, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Caithness, Orkney, Shetland, and the Western Isles.

Deadline: 1st June 2019

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62.   Funding to Develop the Classics in Primary and Secondary Schools  

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 Classics for All, which aims to develop the teaching of classics such as Latin, Greek, classical civilisation and ancient history in UK state schools has opened its 2018 grants programme. In 2018 the funding focus remains on supporting the development or introduction of Classics in schools or consortia of state schools especially in areas where there is limited or no access to school provision. Classics for All aims to reach 200 new schools. Previous grants awarded have ranged in size from £100 to £15,000 supporting everything from the establishment of an after school Classics club to training for teachers in 20 schools to introduce Latin or Classical Civilisation at Key Stage 2 and 3, GCSE or A level. Classics for All have also supported a number of schools already teaching Classics to develop the scale and ambition of their Classics offer.

Applications may be submitted at any time

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66.   Boost Charitable Trust

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 Their aim is to give opportunities to those who wish to fulfil their sporting ambitions, at any level. In particular, the Trust wants to fund projects that promote access to sport for socially or economically disadvantaged individuals, people with disabilities. Since inception, Boost has supported a number of organisations, with grants totalling in excess of £1.5 million.

Applications may be submitted at any time

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 73.   Equipment Grants for Youth Clubs 

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 Variety, the Childrens Charity, has grants of £250 to £600 available to youth organisations that are affiliated to either Ambition, UK Youth or the or National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs. The grants can be used to buy equipment to provide challenging activities that engage young people aged 8-18 and provide them with alternatives to becoming involved in the anti-social behaviour that often stems from boredom and peer pressure. On occasion, applications for improvement of youth club premises, refurbishment of existing equipment or facilities will also be considered. Applicants have to raise some of the funds and applications that have young people involved in the fund raising will be looked upon favourably.

Applications may be submitted at any time 

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